Has it been 5 days since I last posted here? Oh, my! But I've been very busy with two big projects I was designing for others. One project was for a class that I presented to a local group, and they loved it (at least that's what I heard)! It's based on a Crazy Quilt idea I presented here a few weeks ago. I'll be sharing the tutorial with those who are signed up for my newsletter – and my November newsletter will be coming out soon! The other project was for the Create with Connie and Mary 2013 Winter Collection, and only those subscribed to this collection will be able to get the tutorial. It's not too late to subscribe! I've loved all the projects so far and they'll all be fabulous for Christmas, which is still six and a half weeks away – plenty of time to do those projects!
But now I'm back to my regular fun crafting, and I did two projects yesterday, one of which I'm sharing with you today.
I loved this poinsettia stamp from the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Joyful Christmas, since I first saw it. Of course I ordered it back when I could first order from the Stampin' Up! 2013 Holiday Catalog – and I've never used it until today! Now that's sad. But now it's in use and I'm sure I'll be doing a lot more with it.
Another Stampin' Up! product that I haven't used is the Gold Foil, which is in the same catalog as the stamp set. Once I had those out, the idea to emboss the poinsettia was not far behind. Actually, I've had that idea all along – I first saw this embossed in Gold on page 10 of the Holiday Catalog and I've seen lots of gorgeous poinsettia projects done in gold since.
I did my poinsettia a bit differently than the project in the catalog. For that project, the artist stamped and embossed the flower on Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I stamped and embossed mine on Whisper White Cardstock and then colored it in with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. But if you look closely you'll see that I didn't color in the whole flower in red. I have poinsettias in my garden and I can see through the flowers where their stems attach to the base branch. So I colored the very center spaces with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. Then, when I adhered the flower to the Old Olive Cardstock, there is the impression of seeing through the flower stems!
I colored the "berries" in the center of the flower using a Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker. Then for a bit more definition, I added several Crushed Curry Candy Dots. I love that I don't have to use full brads any more to get the texture of these little circles!
Of course, the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder is perfect for this project as the flowers in that folder are little poinsettias!
I cut both the Old Olive Cardstock and the Gold Foil with dies from the Deco Labels Framelits collection. The poinsettia I cut by hand (I'm getting better and better at that with practice!).
The Gold Foil is very light and, at least in the humidity of the Hawaiian Rain Forest (where I live) curls up almost as soon as it's out of its package. So I adhered that layer with SNAIL Adhesive all around the edge, not just in spots as I do with some layers. I adhered the Old Olive cardstock to the foil with some strips of Sticky Strip Adhesive as I've had a bit of difficulty getting SNAIL to adhere to the foil for any length of time. I added the poinsettia to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals, and adhered the whole design to card made with Real Red Cardstock.
And that's my first project for the weekend! Today's another busy day with lots of Sunday activities, but I'm sure I'll be getting another project done before the day is over, and I'll share that with you later in the week, too!
It's going to be so much fun just working on my own projects with no deadlines for awhile!